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Pommes Frites {aka les French Fries}

French Fries Final 2 Well hello, friends. Did you have a good weekend? We’ve been staying super busy playing with family and cuddling/smothering/stalking our new baby niece. She is so darling and such a good baby! I can’t get over it. Being here has made me realize that I love my family. Like a lot. All the quirkiness and craziness that I inherited is totally awesome.

Also, being here may or may not have kicked my hormones into overdrive.

The jury is out on that one still.

Please don’t tell my husband. 😉

Anyways, lets get to these GORGEOUS looking crispy, crunchy, salty, potatoey goodness known as French Fries or “Pommes Frites”. Typically I won’t make them at home…like ever… because I will inevitably eat them all. True fact. But with this week’s Around the World in 80 Plates episode traveling to France {airing this  Wednesdays at 10/9c on BRAVO}, I thought it only fitting that I make something French. Well, somewhat French. Should this be French American Cuisine? Ok- maybe I’m making a lot of assumptions because {1} I am blonde and they’re not called French Fries for nothing…right? {2} What do I know? (*please refer to #1) and {3} I’ve never been to France.

So yeah. Basically I made fries for this next episode.

I do it because I can.

If you’ve never attempted to make these before, now is a great time to try. They are worth every minute of peeling, chopping, soaking, frying, waiting and frying again. I promise. And all you need is some potatoes and peanut oil. Here’s how you do it:

french fries 1 Peel and chop your potatoes into fries. Place them into some cold water and let them sit so the starch can get removed. Maybe an hour or two? I didn’t wait long because I’m impatient. And I was hungry at the time.

french fries 2 Once you’re ready to fry these, take them out of the water and place them onto some paper towel lined baking sheets. Make sure you dry them off really well! Dropping wet potatoes into hot oil=a visit to the ER. No bueno. PS- burns suck.

french fries 3 So, we’re going to end up frying these twice. I know what you’re thinking. “Twice? Really?” YES. Trust the Lauren. The first time will cook the potato all the way though at a low heat….

french fries 4 {they should look like this}

french fries 5 and the second time will get them crispy and golden at a higher heat.

french fries 6 Drop these onto some fresh paper towels and sprinkle with salt and serve.

French Fries Final 1 Dish them up and that’s it! Hello my pretties.

Very easy to do, just a little time consuming but overall totally worth it! Here’s that printable:

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Pommes Frites {aka French Fries}

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

2 quarts peanut oil
4 large baking potatoes
salt

Directions:

Peel potatoes and slice into fry shapes. Place into a bowl of very cold water and sit anywhere from 2-24 hours. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Heat peanut oil to 300 degrees approximately. Fry potatoes until tender on the inside but not brown. Drain on fresh paper towels. Increase oil temperature to 400 degrees approximately and cook fries in batches until brown and crispy. Place onto fresh paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Serve immediately.

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29 Comments

  1. Oh. my. goodness.
    I will eat them all! Thanks for posting this one for my curves! :)

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  2. yum – homemade fries are the best!

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  3. Oh yes, super keen on a plate of pomme frites!

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  4. I’ve still never actually tried making French fries! These look sooooooo good, though. May have to give it a try. Love that you love your family!! :)

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  5. When I’m sick of salad there’s nothing I want more than a simple French fry dunked in ketchup. These look so crisp, easy and heavenly!

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  6. Oh goodness, my dream come true. I am a huge lover of French fries!

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  7. Time consuming, but your pictures definitely make it look like it’s all worth it! Also, you make cute babies, I vote you give in to the hormones 😉

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  8. I’ve always been too impatient to make home made fries like this. I usually just roast potatoes in the oven. But I have to say, I may change my ways. These looks perfect!

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  9. why oh why are the best things doubly fried?!?!? these french fries.. i want!!

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  10. Yum! Homemade french fries are on my list to make sometime. These look lovely!

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  11. My favorite way to eat french fries… twice fried!!!! Still have yet to make a batch of my own–I think you are helping convince me I should!

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  12. I am surprised you chose to make what is perhaps Belgium’s most famous dish for Lyon, which is in France. I hope Belgium isn’t next, they’ll feel slighted.

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  13. I agree on frying them twice! Looks awesome, Lauren!

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  14. Oh be still my heart!!! Nothing BEATS homemade french fries :)

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  15. These look amazing– crispy on the outside and soft and heavenly on the inside. Will definitely give these a try.

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  16. these looks so amazing and i’m now a new huge fan of your blog but oh geeze french fries aren’t even french! i’m a little disappointed with this post for the competition. they originated in belgium and while you did a great job on making beautiful crisp fries there’s no real depth to the recipe. it’s just a how to. i wish you created a french dip to go with it or something…=P

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  17. I am from belgium and the fries are really a belgium product.
    So, here is the real way to make fries !!!!!
    take a patato like a bintje.
    cut them in the tickness of a vinger.
    wash them quickly in water.
    please oh please do not let them soak in water.
    dry them in a towel.
    Heat vegetable oil; like arachide
    bake them for the first time to 150°C to let them cook inside but not brown. If they become brown, you used the wrong kind of patato.
    the second time heat the oil to 180°C and bake them.
    Normally the second bake goes quickly, you wait untill you hear them sing!
    put them on a kitchen paper and serve immediately.

    you can pre bake the fries for the first time, let them cool off and then place them in the freezer.
    You get them out of the freezer en put them immediately in hot oil of 180°C

    this how we “belgian” cook the fries

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  18. FYI French Fries are French!! Went to France a few months ago!

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  19. what would be the calorie count on potatoes fixed like this.
    starch removing, drying off the grease both times, light salt.. and cool down…
    what kinda of calorie count would this be??? I hear potatoes cooked are good for you, and the removal of most of the grease should make these more toward the healthy side i would think…
    any ideas??

    chuck

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  20. I lived in Belgium for 4 years. They have the best french fries in the world!

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